Albuquerque group hands in thousands of signatures to get paid sick leave on ballot

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A local group pushing for paid sick days for every worker in Albuquerque turned in thousands of signatures to get the initiative on the November ballot.

The proposal would require employers to offer one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. That’s up to five days a year for small businesses and seven for larger ones.

Healthy Workforce ABQ marched from Civic Plaza to the City Clerk’s Office Monday where they turned in more than 14,000 signatures. They turned in another 10,000 last month.

One man says he watched his father work while he was sick in order to support his family.

The city clerk’s office will now verify them. More than 14,000 valid signatures are needed in order for the measure to get on the ballot.

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